Reddit Randomnes and Wayward SPAM

A few days ago a link to one of my posts was placed on Reddit, a site like Slashdot that is dedicated to reviewing other peoples articles. Instead there was no ‘review’ as such. Just a bunch of flames back and forth over whether the link was to be considered SPAM or not. Apparently, because the…

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Sound Bites

It’s time for a rant, time to dredge up those same old topics, same tired old arguments.  Why did they?  What where they thinking?  Who designed that?  You think I’m talking about software?  That would be too easy.  No, I’m back to my favorite pass-time, skewering the dysfunctional world of audio. To be brutally honest, I…

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Quality Fake Rolex Now

I’m sure you must have have at least 35 to 40 fake Rolex watches, each, by now.  No?  I’m drowning in them.  I just match up each real-mail offer for a new credit card with each e-mail offer for a fake watch.  I’m planning to give them out as holiday gifts this year.  I used…

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Less than Express

I’m heading out today on vacation for the week, far away from all things digital, miles and miles away from anything with a functioning central processing until, no cell phone coverage, no bandwidth, just blue skies, mountains, tall green trees and the sea.  Of course, that’s why I’m bringing my laptop, so I can code.  Can…

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User Interference

There’s a lot about todays web-site interfaces that bug me.  First, let me say that many sites are utterly fantastic and its not the lack of content or style (that plagues many home page sites for example).  It’s the sheer overload of unrelated information that makes sites practically indecipherable. Back in the ‘old’ days before GUI’s…

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Reusability Rant

During my lifetime (so far) of programming I’ve worked on a many projects that were built around or including external libraries and components.  These are packaged units of software purchased from a vendor for a specific purpose.  However, no matter how useful the software claimed to be, the specific purposes these packages were designed for…

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Slow as Molasses

I hate it when it goes slow.  Everything has been blinding fast for months, and now its such a slow crawl that it is driving me a little over the edge.  I’m not talking about the CPU, or the compiler or even my speedy sports car.  I’m talking about my ability to crank out lines…

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Through the Looking Glass

What’s the fascination of 3D for the desktop?  I’m referring to the Sun announcement of its new Looking Glass desktop.  Of course, it looks intriguing.  I’m not one to scoff at the overuse of CPU power just for the sake of using it, and I have not seen a demonstration live so I’m definitely not…

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Flaming the Feed

Great balls of fire, batman, there was a fire alarm a while ago.  The whole building was evacuated.  I had to finish my last post ‘What you definitely don’t want to see’, before I could add a few more zingers.  Now I’ve been away from the keyboard so long (stopped off for lunch) that I…

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Technicolor Dreamshirt

I’m back at work today, and its now worse than ever.  It’s happening all around me, and its hard to miss.  I see it everywhere I go.  I even see it on me.  It’s kind of easy to understand though.  I mean, what with this place being what it is and the people being who they…

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